Weddings are always special, but when you throw into the mix a destination wedding, it is often a unique experience for the wedding couple and their guests. However, if you are the sort of couple who really want to turn tradition on its head, or are perhaps somewhat adventurous, check out these 11 more ‘extreme’ destination wedding destinations.
Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
A zoo may not, at first, seem an appropriate wedding venue but, aside from the animals, Australia’s Taronga Zoo boasts wonderful views of Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour itself. The Taronga Centre inside the zoo has various function rooms and wedding packages include catering by the Compass Group’s top-notch restaurant services team.
Winter weddings Down Under may be a little bit cool (no pun intended), but how about a different kind of cool… we’re thinking Siberia. Apply for a marriage licence in Russia through the Australian embassy in Moscow, complete with official Russian translation of civil status documents and Apostille Stamp. Prominent wedding photographers in Siberia recommend bringing appropriate cold-weather apparel that can go under your wedding threads. Bride’s, your dream of being ice princesses surrounded by enacting forest scenes can be done! But it’s strongly advised you wear thick boots or Uggs, plus have makeup to mask red spots.
Paronella Park, Queensland
Accentuate the romance and solemnity of your destination wedding by choosing a venue that takes you back in time. Full of old-world charm, Paronella Park was born from a Spanish expat’s dream, to convert a slice of Mena Creek scrubland into a beautiful public park complete with a rustic yet majestic castle. The park has reaped plaudits for its environmental beauty.
Bran Castle, Brasov, Romania
Hold your wedding at a castle that carries a very unique and albeit dark history. Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle” due to its depiction in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. The home of the infamous vampire, Bran Castle was in the possession of the Romanian royal family for years until seized by the Communists after World War II. A property restitution law passed in 2005 allowed the Habsburg family – one of the royal family’s descendants – to regain ownership of the castle and refurbish it as a tourist attraction and wedding venue. Castle Bran boasts imposing views of the surrounding Carpathian countryside and authentic interiors.
Couples seeking to book the castle for a wedding must undergo a thorough screening by the Habsburg’s to ensure financial capability and good moral character. If you pass, you’ll be in for a wonderful time, with a regal ceremony and reception prepared by the castle’s skilled staff.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA
Thinking of saying ‘I do’ on ice? Maybe on top a glacier? How about Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska? Home to the most prominent glaciers in the world, you’ll be floored by the stunning beauty of the mountain ranges and the pristine white of the glacier ice. The photos couldn’t be more unique, brides even go so far as to wade into the azure pools of melting glacier water – in their wedding dress. Note, it is a prerequisite to hire a helicopter to fly you to your preferred location. Work with a wedding planner so nothing is left to chance.
Aboard a submarine off Bridgetown, Barbados
Be inspired by the saying “love knows not its own depth” and travel to the ocean floor aboard a luxury submarine for a truly unconventional reception. Operated by the Bridgetown branch of the private sub company Atlantis. The submarine has space for up to 48 guests treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne. The ceremony itself will be performed on the surface and the dive will take place after the photo shoot. Nothing is more exhilarating than taking your first dive together as a married couple!
Casa Cava, Matera Sassi, Italy
Why not add a cave to your never-ending list of possible extreme wedding venues? The Casa Cava at the Matera Sassi in Italy could be your dream location. The Casa Cava cave inside the Matera Sassi, was originally part of a tuff mine. The main ceremony area features a rock staircase as the entryway and a glass floor covers the cave’s rather uneven ground surface. There is also space for seating. All passageways and the ceremonial area are vividly backlit for added effect. Local wedding planners love to suggest the venue for civil rite ceremonies or the renewal of vows.
Seal your lifetime commitment from the comfort of an underwater protective cage – with a flurry of sharks surrounding the two of you! A brave couple in the United States lived to tell the tail … the couple, who were both experienced divers, sported custom wetsuits as wedding apparel and entered a cage at the Atlantis Marine World in Long Island. The tank was full of tiger and nurse sharks. The couple had full face masks with radio communications, allowing them to speak their vows clearly to an officiant just outside the tank.
Getting married on top of the world can be a dramatic experience for a couple – especially one seasoned in adventure climbs. Only one couple has made the vaunted trip and said “I do” surrounded by members of the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition. On May 30, 2005, Pem Dorjee Sherpa and Moni Mulepati made the dangerous climb. To be a successful candidates, you and your beloved must be extremely fit and prepared for the treacherous conditions. If the top of Everest seems a little too tedious, a suitable alternative would be to climb to the South Base Camp, trust us – it’s just as impressive!
Disappear under the ocean’s depths and say ‘I do’ in a world undiscovered by many. Getting married under the sea sounds like something from a fairytale, but it’s very much achievable and incredibly sort after. Couples come from around the world to take part in Trang’s Underwater Wedding Ceremony held in Thailand. Promoting Thai wedding culture, the ceremony consists of Buddhism rituals, which are believed to bring eternal happiness and love. 2017 marks the ceremonies 21st anniversary. Couples will enter the water for a truly unique commitment ceremony During the “month of love” (February) to celebrate the event.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA
If your significant other thinks a wedding is an “explosion of love,” why not pitch the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a ceremony venue. Located on the large island of Hawaii in the State of Hawaii, the Park is home to the Kilauea Caldera and Mauna Loa, two active volcanos. The National Park Service requires that your wedding be an intimate affair, as safety is their main priority. The locations offer great views of the Kilauea Caldera, however it’s important to note that choppers are restricted. To arrange for your wedding to be held on top of the volcanos you will need to complete an application with National Park Service in addition to airfares, accommodation and civil registry obligations with the State of Hawaii.
With eleven incredibly unique wedding venues from all around the world to choose from, you won’t be stuck on ideas!